[Build Log] 2015 Thermaltake CaseMOD Invitational - Project Double X -Representing AU

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  1. STUdog

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    Hi guys and welcome to my build log. First off I'd like to thank Thermaltake for selecting me for this global invitational competition. Now lets jump in and see the wonderful sponsors who are supporting me in my Double X Project. Just a note to add that I'm still talking with unconfirmed sponsors and will add these up later.

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    Playing host to this competition. We aimed to keep everything Thermaltake as much as possible. This included the required Thermaltake gear including Case and Cooling. We also opted for Thermaltake PSU and Riing fans.


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    When it comes to Motherboards and Video Cards Asus is always our number one choice. The flexibility and endless support they provide make it that much easier to build customisations.


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    Having Asus on-board is only part of the process. With NVIDIA's support we wouldn't have the foundation for the video cards being used in the build.


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    A hardcore build needs hardcore memory. Avexir makes some of the best looking memory around. They are provided a HUGE 64GB Raiden kit for this project.


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    As SSDs are becoming the norm. Most people are forgetting the good old Hard Drive. We haven't forgot which is why we use hard drives in most of our builds. Including this one. WD also provide the largest range of drives for just about every purpose.


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    ModGuru are relatively new to the scene and we're happy to have them on-board. ModGuru are helping to supply LED strips and connectors for the build.​

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    100% of this build is performed by me. Painting, cutting, drilling, all done in my house, either in the garage, backyard or shed. I'll be putting up a final write-up once the build is done with pictures of the tools used for my build. I feel the purpose of this project and competition is tell help close the gap between modders and beginners. I'll be showing you that you don't need thousands of dollars worth of high end equipment to do modding.

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    Build Specs/Hardware - More info - click here

    CPU/s - 2x Intel Xeon e5-2660 V3 (or similar)
    Motherboard - ASUS Z10PE-D8 WS
    Memory - TBA
    GPUs - 3x ASUS NVIDIA STRIX GTX 980's
    SSDs - TBA
    Storage (HDDs) 3x Western Digital 4TB Blacks
    Power Supply - Thermaltake Toughpower Grand 1200W Platinum
    Fans - Thermaltake Riing Fans x22

    Water Cooling

    Pacific VGA Bridge Triple x1
    Pacific V-GTX Block - STRIX - 980 x3
    Thermaltake Pacific W2 CPU Water Block x2
    Thermaltake Pacific PT40-D5 Silent Kit Reservoir/Pump Combo x2
    Thermaltake Pacific P1 Black D5 Pump w/ Silent Kit x2
    Thermaltake Hard tubes 500mm x10

    Fittings
    Thermaltake Pacific G1/4 Stop Plug w/ O-Ring – Chrome x10
    Thermaltake Pacific G1/4 45 & 90 Degree Adapter – Chrome x10
    Thermaltake Pacific G1/4 90 Degree Adapter - Chrome x10
    Thermaltake Pacific G1/4 Y Adapter - Chrome x10
    Thermaltake Pacific G1/4 Female to Male 20mm Extender – Chrome x6
    Thermaltake Pacific G1/4 Female to Male 30mm Extender – Chrome x4
    Thermaltake Pacific G1/4 Hard Tube 16mm x30

    Radiators
    Thermaltake Pacific RL480 x4

    I've created a dedicated website for this competition. This is to keep everything in one place. On the site you'll find videos, pictures, build info, build log and more. - www.ggflan.com/tt/

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    Other links to keep an eye on

    Build and product videos
    Build and product gallery

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    Here's a few shots of some of the gear so far.

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    Which xeons are you using
     
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    Few updates over the weekend.


    Cleaned out the garage to make room for an extra large work area. Pimped it out with some banners and it's good to go :)


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    Alrighty, time to get my modding on. Picked up some supplies. Lets see what we have.

    Was keen to try some new materials for this mod so I grabbed some aluminium composite sheets. This stuff so far seems great. Very strong, very light and great to work with. It has a 1mm alu sheet each side with about 2mm of Polyethylene sandwiched in the middle.

    I also grabbed a stranded 2mm aluminium sheet and a sheet of 3mm clear acrylic.

    I got these sheets cut in half which gives me a few sizes around 1200x1200. Luckily I have a table saw out the back trim them down even further.


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    My first task with this build was to strip down most of the top X9 and work out how I'm going to do the angled motherboard. I also wanted to use a clear motherboard based to give it a floating affect. I also pinched the IO back panel from my Cosmos 2 to make it a bit easier.

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    Now the top sheet hanging off is way to long. But I'm just leaving that there for now until I decided exactly where I need to cut it.
     
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    Now it's time to work on the mounting for the acrylic plate. I just went a simple way with 2 angle bits of aluminium. I also added a bit of the black alu composite on the inside of the front of the case. This just made it a a nice flat mounting surface for the bracket. I'll most likely paint this later on.

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    Mounting the bracket on the other side was pretty much the same.

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    Acrylic sheet fits in nicely.

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    Testing out a motherboard.

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    Now it's time to test with the final ASUS motherboard. Don't really want to keep this board around here for too long :p

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    From what I can see, atleast three of the other guys are 24/7 modders who have dedicated garages with serious gear. Which may be a bit unfair for others.

    But to be asked by ThermalTake to be apart of this, is an awesome feat. Congrats.
     
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    I don't agree with MrFocal completely but in someways it seems to be as what he says, a test bench. I do like the thought to take away that horizontal motherboard platform and angle it but the tubing will really have to bring out the best in the build cause it does to me look like a test bench or a display cabinate. Not a PC
     
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    #cantevencope

    I was really looking forward to this build, I hear you were the top 7 modders in the world and now I see it I am disappointed, I agree with Mrfocal this is just a Test Bench.
     
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    Post #1 has

    5 photos of the same fans from various angles.

    4 photos of the same rads from various angles.

    3 photos of the same CPU block from various angles.

    3 photos of water cooling fittings

    5 photos of the same bloody PSU, several of them virtually identical.

    One photo of the 2 halves? of the case you are going to modify.

    Nothing else but a bunch of plugs for the people who gave them to you in the hope you would do something useful with them and make people want to buy them.

    The remainder of the thread thus far appears to be a bunch of photos of holes being cut in perspex.

    I lost interest and went to check out the PCCG catalog instead. I saw nothing that made me want to buy their product. I'd be asking for my stuff back if I were them.
     
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    Studog likes to think he is bigger then what he actually is.

    So far no custom work at all, nothing actually custom made other then a stack of photos of off the shelf parts in various poses, and simply butchered several cases for base parts.

    Nothing custom at all apart from the layout, no 3d printed items, or hand lathed/milled pieces.

    Just like any other build on here these days, basically a giant plug thread.

    For me custom is building a case entirely from scratch, everything from the mobo tray to the frame, to the panels all hand made, preferably cnc'ed from a single block of aluminium. That then is a custom one off build.
     
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    What is going on here :confused: Studog ruffle some feathers :lol:
     
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    Maybe being a Thermaltake sponsored event entails using a Thermaltake case as the basis to the build??..........where are the competition conditions?
     
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    Gee, tough crowd today Stu! :thumbup:

    Exactly.

    Be careful with those rads Stu. They're only zinc-infused Aluminium (the zinc will work as a sacrificial anode, then they'll just be Al). I know this rig will probably be pulled down pretty quick but just keep it in mind mate :thumbup:
     
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    Yea tell me about.

    Yep noticed that with the rads. And you're right. This build probably won't stay up for too long :)
     
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    Very tough crowd Stu! lol. I look forward to the end result mate.
     
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    Thanks mate :)
     
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    Karma is something I strongly believe in :) Every bit of good I do, comes back in bucketloads. Best to be positive Mr Focal, negative be gets negative

    I'm looking forward to this perspex contraption he makes :thumbup:
     
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    Don't get me wrong, I also am looking forward to seeing the build. I was just put off by the first posts, which are little more than advertising and a bunch of stock photos. The last 2 pix of the 5 PSU pix are virtually identical. Do we need 5 photos from all angles of a single PSU?

    Less stock pix, more build, that's all I'm saying. Maybe a few less angles of the build shots too.

    As for Copies criticism.. its a TT competition. They want their stuff modded, not something built from scratch.
     

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